What was your most recent life changing event? Moved to a new town? Graduated from school? Married? Birth of a child? Fired from a job? Started a new career? Retired? Death of a parent making you the oldest in your family?
Recalling that day, did you suddenly feel disoriented?
When the unusual happens, when the familiar pattern of life had suddenly vanishes, we suffer a disorienting loss of the purpose.
Remember for a moment how you might have coped with a loss. Many people return to a previous place when they had felt comfortable: A school they had once attended. A former home, to see how the current owners maintain the building. A familiar book from childhood. They call an old friend.
I remember sitting at my father’s desk after he had died. I had gone there to figure out how to file his final tax return, a task that he had done for us and had now become my task as eldest of our family. Instead I sat for a long time, just looking at the things in his desk drawer.
Many retirees report getting dressed for work, and then remembering they do have to go to work any more.
The disciples’ world had been turned totally upside down. Their friend and mentor, their savior had died a cruel publicly humiliating death, he was buried, and even more startling had been raised from the dead. So they went fishing and caught more than they had expected. Not only in the number of fish, but also direction for ministry.
Now he said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
— John 21:6
I will have more to say about John 21:1-19 on Sunday, April 10th, 2016 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.
Robert Shaw, Pastor